7 steps for effective researching

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Starting your research off on the right foot.

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  • 1. Seven steps to effective researching
  • 2.
    • Brainstorm topics use a graphic organizer
  • 3.  
  • 4. 2. Browse
    • Books
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Encyclopedias
    • Atlases
    • Dictionaries
  • 5. 3. Skim and Scan
    • Skim text for words in bold
    • Scan photos for captions
    • Scan lists
    • Scan graphics: tables, charts, etc..
  • 6. 4. Key Words Use key words to develop essential questions.
  • 7. 5. Essential Questions
    • How is ________ related to _______?
    • What is a new example of _________?
    • What are some possible solutions for the problem of __________________?
    • Explain why _____________________?
    • What do you think would happen if __?
    • Why is _____________ important?
  • 8. 6. Boolean Search
    • Use AND to narrow search
      • Ex: cat AND dog will list sites containing both words.
    • Use NOT to narrow search
      • Ex: cat NOT dog
    • Use OR to broaden search
  • 9. 7. Take Notes
    • Title of book, periodical, website. Include author, date published.
    • Include page #
    • notes
  • 10. Review of step by step search plan
    • Start with general works (dictionaries, print and electronic encyclopedias, atlases)
    • Look for and record key words, search terms and subject headings
    • Use these terms while online
    • Locate materials in library
    • Search online databases using key words, search terms and subject headings
    • Ask other people
    • Search the internet, using a specific search engine and key terms